Indian Women's League: Gokulam Kerala, Panjim Footballers register wins

Gokulam built a comfortable lead in Group II with a 5-0 win over SSB Women Football Team; Panjim Footballers defeated FC Alakhpura 2-1 for its first win of the season

Panjam Footballers registered a 2-1 win over FC Alakhpura in Ludhiana on Thursday.   -  AIFF

Gokulam Kerala registered a massive 5-0 win over SSB Women Football Team at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Thursday. The third consecutive win helped the team consolidate its position on top of the Group II table in the 2018-19 Indian Women's League.

In the other match of the day, Panjim Footballers posted its first win of the 2018-19 season, as it pipped FC Alakhpura 2-1.

Gokulam has now taken a massive lead at the top of the Group II table with nine points. It is followed by FC Alakhpura, SSB, Hans Women FC and Panjim Footballers, all of whom have just three points on the board so far.

Gokulam Kerala FC players celebrate a goal during an Indian Women's League match against SSB Women Football Team on Thursday.   -  AIFF

 

Anju Tamang was the star of the show for Gokulam Kerala FC, as she scored a brace, and played a crucial role in the Kerala side’s build-up plays. She scored the first in the 14th second of the match, making it the fastest goal scored in the 2018-19 season of the Indian Women’s League.

Anita Rawat, Ranjana Chanu and Bawitlung Vanlalhriattiri were the other goalscorers.

In the match between Panjim and Alakhpura, Karishma Shirvoikar scored a brace to help the team earn three points, but it was the tactical defence of Scindia Saudatikar that stole the show and earned the defender the Player of the Match Award.

Karishma Shirvoikar beat the Alakhpura offside trap, ran on to an aerial ball that was played in behind the defence, and slipped it past the Alakhpura keeper Neelam to put Panjim in the lead.

It took the team a little over 10 minutes after the start of the second half to double the score. Again, it was an aerial ball played in behind the defence, as Karishma ran on to the ball and lobbed it over the keeper.

Alakhpura kept knocking on the door and Panjim finally budged from a set-piece, as the Haryana side's India U-18 International Samiksha expertly nodded it in.

Results:

FC Alakhpura 1 (Samiksha 71’) lost to Panjim Footballers 2 (Karishma Shirvoikar 9’, 56’)

SSB Women Football Team 0 lost to Gokulam Kerala FC 5 (Anju Tamang 1’, 89’, Anita Rawat 39’, Ranjana Chanu 46’, Bawitlung 74’)

 

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